The Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA (STJDMMA) has officially reduced Roy Nelson’s suspension and fine after the UFC heavyweight formally apologized to referee John McCarthy on Friday.
Nelson was issued a nine-month suspension for kicking the referee following his second-round TKO win over Antonio Silva on Sept. 24 in Brazil, and the Brazilian court issued him a nine-month suspension and $24,000 fine.
The heavyweight was given a chance to reduce his penalty if he formally apologized in some form of UFC press conference, and he did so on Dec. 2. Six days later, STDJMMA announced its decision to reduce Nelson’s penalty to a six-month suspension and $13,700 fine. Nelson is suspended until March 29, and has 30 days to pay his fine.
“First I’d like to apologize to the fans who make our sport,” Nelson told a group of reporters in Las Vegas last Friday. “To the Brazilian commission, John McCarthy and the rest of the world, my team and especially my family for my actions in my last fight.
“My actions were out of character. I have nothing against anyone, including John McCarthy. I recognize what I did was a mistake and I was wrong. I can’t apologize enough to John McCarthy, to the commission, and to MMA fans around the world. I can’t wait to get back into the Octagon to entertain the fans.”